Colombian President’s Helicopter Hit by Gunfire

Photos released by the Colombian government show bullet holes in the aircraft (PRESIDENCY OF COLOMBIA/REUTERS)

Gunfire has hit a helicopter carrying the president of Colombia as it flew near the border with Venezuela.

President Iván Duque was flying toward Cúcuta in the Norte de Santander province, alongside the defence minister, interior minister and the province’s governor.

A spokesman for the presidency said nobody had been hurt in the incident.

Mr Duque denounced the “cowardly attack” and said he was not frightened “by violence or acts of terrorism”.

“Our state is strong and Colombia is strong to confront this kind of threat,” he said in a video address posted on Twitter. Security forces are under orders to find those responsible, he added.

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